In his debut self-help book, Barrocas combines his diverse background as a corporate executive, business coach and acupuncturist to posit that sustainable success in any field depends upon the symbiotic interplay among the body, mind and spirit.
Amid compelling personal anecdotes and case histories, Barrocas’ analogies are clear and often clever, as when he compares the mind-body-spirit triad to a computer—“A computer also has three components: the hardware, ‘the body’; the software, ‘the mind’; and the energy source or ‘the spirit.’ The hardware, software and electrical source must be balanced and in harmony with one another to benefit the user.” How do readers achieve such harmony? According to Barrocas, they must have a purpose, a choice that defines how to live, which isn’t to be confused with goals. A purpose, according to Barrocas, meshes with one’s principles and morals. Some examples of purpose include creating healing spaces so people can live a richer productive life; opening new doors of possibilities for others; providing fair and honest leadership for the good of others. At the end of each chapter, Barrocas includes “Play Time,” an interactive, engaging exercise that helps readers explore their own feelings and experiences. The value of persistence is also explored: “Success is a state of mind, not a destination, kept on course…by being persistent.” A few components of achieving sustainable success, such as integrity and understanding boundaries, may surprise some readers, although suggestions relating to the value of active verbal and nonverbal communication as well as taking care of one’s body are a bit more obvious and well-worn. Some sections, particularly the chapter about having fun, could use more humor, and the final advice—“If you can say it, you can see it. If you can see it, you can have it. Make it so”—smacks of psychobabble. Nonetheless, the breathing exercises are especially appealing, and readers wanting to explore further will appreciate the suggested reading at the end of the book.
An easy read that will appeal to anyone seeking a simple take on sustaining success.